Never Forget … that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Has Not Faced Justice Yet

The people who like to use 9/11 to sow fear are pushing the hashtag #NeverForget this morning, as if anyone is about to forget the event that led our country to sacrifice its values and exacerbate the threat from terrorism, as if we haven’t already killed far more innocent people in claimed retaliation than al Qaeda killed that day.

Me, I think the anniversary of the attack is a good day to reflect on the fact that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed still has not been tried and convicted for his crimes. The reasons, of course, have to do with the kangaroo court the Bush Administration invented to emphasize how different these crimes were, the torture KSM and his fellow defendants underwent and — more directly — the fact that the FBI thought it appropriate to infiltrate his defense team (for what!?!?!), which has led to a lengthy investigation to assess the conflicts created.

Since 9/11, of course, DOJ has tried and convicted around 500 terrorists and aspiring terrorists, including Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, just two years after his attack on the Boston Marathon. We have the ability to try terrorists, we simply haven’t chosen to exercise that ability in KSM’s case.

The 9/11 victims deserve a trial. Just as importantly, the US deserves its old system of justice back.

Marcy has been blogging full time since 2007. She’s known for her live-blogging of the Scooter Libby trial, her discovery of the number of times Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded, and generally for her weedy analysis of document dumps.

Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including the Guardian, Salon, and the Progressive, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and liveblogged the Scooter Libby trial.

Marcy has a PhD from the University of Michigan, where she researched the “feuilleton,” a short conversational newspaper form that has proven important in times of heightened censorship. Before and after her time in academics, Marcy provided documentation consulting for corporations in the auto, tech, and energy industries. She lives with her spouse and dog in Grand Rapids, MI.

5 replies
  1. Don Bacon says:

    There’s also #notinourname, but it’s changed.
    .
    wiki–Not in Our Name was a United States organization founded on March 23, 2002 to protest the U.S. government’s course in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks; it disbanded on March 31, 2008.
    The Pledge of Resistance:
    We believe that as people living
    in the United States it is our
    responsibility to resist the injustices
    done by our government,
    in our names
    Not in our name
    will you wage endless war
    .
    and concluding
    Another world is possible
    and we pledge to make it real..
    They failed, of course, as we all did who resisted endless war.

  2. Denis says:

    Thks 4 this post. Perfect. USG lost the “war on terrorism” w/in months of 911 & Americans pay the price every day. Outrageous, annoying, sad . . . mostly sad.

    • Mike says:

      Only an idiot thinks the war on terror is lost. It’s going to be a generations long fight. What you dope don’t understand is they want to kill you because you do t believe the things they do. EVEN if you think they are justified by American policies they would kill on the spot. It’s too bad that the Left and the extreme Right have almost as much intolerance as our enemies.

  3. What Constitution? says:

    This might also be a good day for some intrepid reporter to ask George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, too, publicly to recite the terms of the Oath of Office they took to be President. Wonder if they would fear being struck by lightning if they did.

  4. wallace says:

    quote”Since 9/11, of course, DOJ has tried and convicted around 500 terrorists and aspiring terrorists, including Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, just two years after his attack on the Boston Marathon.”unquote

    Unfortunately, in those 14 years since, it’s difficult to fathom how far down the abyss we’ve fallen….

    http://wemeantwell.com/blog/

    Meanwhile, Sharyl Attkisson returns to 9/11 to ask the questions no other MSM will touch…like what’s in those classified 28 pages of the 9/11 Commission report. What ever is in them.. someone out there is deathly afraid of what they will tell. After all, even those Congress critters who are allowed to see them, are watched like a hawk. Thing is though…WHO wields this power to classify these pages and then has the authority to intimidate Congress?

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/sep/10/sharyl-attkisson-returns-tv-news-look-911-classifi/

    I’d say someone in Saudi Arabia.

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